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In the vast content wilderness that is Medium, nobody pulls off an arbitrary ranking quite like the fine folks at LEVEL. From the Rocky movies to nacho toppings to the most annoying LinkedIn offenders—if you can think of it, they can rank it.

Given that we’re all stuck inside (at least a little longer), staff writer Tirhakah Love has the perfect, Godzilla-sized list you never knew you needed: the official NBA hair power rankings.

The NBA is, in my mind, the best drama on TV right now. So why not add a new wrinkle to our team-by-team comparisons? As an…

What it feels like to have your team, your city’s heart, torn out and dragged across the Bay

Illustration: Jenna Andersen

This summer, I drove by the Oracle Arena on Interstate 880 and found myself faced with ghosts. As the arena grew larger on the horizon, so too did the massive headshots of various Golden State Warriors players. Stretched across the stadium windows, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant looked as big as gods. Which, of course, in Oakland, they are.

Those posters lingered following the team’s unexpected and crushing loss to the Toronto Raptors in the NBA Finals. In some ways, the exit from Oakland is fitting for the Warriors, a team whose five-year run of mega-success has…

‘These are not American values’

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The NBA’s China controversy has made protestors out of its fans.

A tweet from Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey expressing his support for pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong prompted sharp condemnation from Chinese authorities and an apology from the NBA for Morey’s “regrettable” language. (Not long after the NBA weighed in, Morey’s original tweet was deleted.) The backlash to the league’s refusal to side with Morey was swift. Even when league commissioner Adam Silver said Tuesday the NBA would not censor its employees, he still refused to condemn China for its crackdown in Hong Kong.

In response, fans have…

The enigmatic Raptors forward made me realize I don’t need my athletes to be celebrities too

Photo: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

I’ve always been invested in sports more for the players than the games.

Perhaps I owe that quirk to a lifetime of rooting for teams that have mostly disappointed me — I grew up a fan of the perpetually mediocre Minnesota Timberwolves and the Cincinnati Bengals, who seem eternally damned to never extend a season beyond the first round of the playoffs — or perhaps it’s just a testament to my love for good storytelling. Either way, I’m a sucker for a good sports narrative. The trade rumors and stats all serve larger storylines; and with every player’s thinly-veiled tweet…


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